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I. PAUL’S VISION (II Corinthians 12:1-4)

1. I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord.

2. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows.

3. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—

4. was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell.

II. PAUL’S HUMILITY (II Corinthians 12:5-6)

5. I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.

6. Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say,

III. PAUL’S THORN (II Corinthians 12:7-8)

7. or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.

8. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.

IV. PAUL’S CONFIDENCE (II Corinthians 12:9-10)

9. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

10. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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